No.12 Maryland (9-2-1) c.Pacific (6-3-1) Saturday, October 16, 2021
Ludwig Field 7 p.m. EDT
COLLEGE PARK, Maryland – Maryland’s No.12 men’s soccer team will play their penultimate home game of the season on Saturday night at Ludwig Field against Pacific. Kicks off at 7 p.m. and fans can watch the action live on Big Ten Plus.
Saturday night is senior night, as the Terps will honor five student-athletes on the field before the game. Brett Saint-Martin, Nick richardson, Justin gielen, Brayan Padilla and Ryan blumberg will all participate in the seniors’ day festivities.
Maryland came off a 1-0 victory over Delaware on Tuesday. Ben bender scored the game winner in the first overtime period to take the Terps to their ninth win of the season. Maryland has won back-to-back games.
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JOIN THE CREW / Fan Information
The opener against Charlotte marked the return of famed Maryland college section “The Crew” after a 644-day absence. The famous student fan group has established itself as the most well-known college football fan section in the country.
Members of The Crew have access to freebies of scarves and shirts as well as special access to match road trips. To register for The Crew, click here.
Maryland is already leading the country in cumulative and average attendance this season.
Maryland plays to the loudest atmosphere in college football at Ludwig Field. The Terps have placed in the nation’s top eight in 18 straight seasons, including the first in 2019. After the win over Charlotte, the Terps are 9-0-1 in their last nine home opener games. .
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settled and ready
Maryland went 2-0-1 in a three-game exhibition list. The Terps finished their dress rehearsal on a high note with a 2-1 victory over ACC No.3 favorite Pittsburgh on Saturday night. Junior goals Hunter George and Joe suchecki propelled the Terps to victory.
The previous weekend, the Terps drew against Temple, led by former assistant coach Brian Rowland, 2-2 at Ludwig Field before defeating Lehigh, 3-1, in Philadelphia.
In the preseason polls, Maryland was just outside the top 25 according to the United Soccer Coaches poll, getting the most votes from any team not included in the standings. The Terps were selected to finish fourth in the Big Ten by conference head coaches.
Pacific competes in Saturday’s competition tied for first with the WCC after a draw with Santa Clara. The Tigers recently knocked down number 9 Loyola Marymount for their biggest win of the season.
Maryland and the Pacific have never faced each other in men’s football. The Tigers’ last appearance in the NCAA tournament was in 2018.
B1G PLAYERS TO WATCH
Brett Saint-Martin, Malcolm johnston and Ben bender have been named Big Ten Players to Watch, the conference announced ahead of the season.
St. Martin, team captain for the second consecutive season, has been a rock in center-back for the Terps since the start of his second season. St. Martin has started 31 games in the past two seasons and has played every minute of his junior campaign. He was a second-team selection for the All-Big Ten last season.
Johnston, a 2019 Big Ten All-Freshman selection, had six goals and four assists in his first two seasons at College Park. He will play a key role as a box-to-box midfielder for the Terps in 2021.
Bender burst onto the scene as a freshman last season, starting all 11 games and scoring two goals en route to the Big Ten All-Freshman team honors. Bender was blown away by his creative flair as an attacking midfielder and looked set to break into the national conversation in 2021.
After a truncated Big Ten roster just for last season, Maryland is returning to their normal 2021 campaign schedule. Home clashes with Charlotte (8/26), UMBC (8/29), Michigan (9/17) , Rutgers (9/28), Northwestern (10/8) and Indiana (10/31) highlight Ludwig’s slate.
The Terps will also play two notable road games locally. The Terps face Virginia at Audi Field in Washington, DC on Monday, September 6, and travel to face Georgetown on Saturday, September 11 at 1 p.m. ET.